From New 52 Future’s End #4. I don’t even know what to say. Oh, yeah I do:
Or maybe you could all stop being whiny bitches who can’t stand the littlest amount of change. It’s like watching toddlers cry because something new has been added to their routine. Grow up.
IT’S THE SAME OLD SHIT. Take character X. Do something horrible and stupid to character X. They’ve been doing this FOR OVER TWENTY GODDAMN YEARS.
And I have grown up. I’VE GROWN UP WITH THIS GARBAGE TACTIC. You know what happens when you grow the fuck up? You stop thinking endless horrible terrible things happening to every character everywhere is any acceptable replacement for good stories.
It. Is. Tiresome. They take Amara, Amethyst, who had a nice run of intelligent, mature stories before being unceremoniously cancelled, and now she’s got a big ol’ burn scar on her face. She’s bloodthirsty. She’s violent and abrasive where she wasn’t before.
"But five years have passed, we don’t know what’s happened to these characters to make them different." Well, guess what. Why should we accept that any kind of character development has happened, especially when it’s not progression but turning them into brooding, angsty blobs of darkness, WHEN IT IS NOT SHOWN TO US. They don’t get credit for stuff that doesn’t happen in the story WHEN IT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN THE STORY.
I can’t even believe this is an argument someone who is capable of remembering at least one password to get online and sign onto tumblr and then string words together in order to make sense would make.
Why in the hell should we accept BAD CHANGES. Just because it’s different doesn’t make it bad—the new 52 Amethyst is very different from the previous version (which I loved), and it was a great series (which I also loved). But this, scarring her and making her such a hardnosed a militant who won’t even be friendly with a former team-mate, IS BAD.
Change in and of itself is neither good nor bad. BAD CHANGE IS BAD. And there are no changes that The New 52: Future’s End, in five issues so far, has made that are good.
And so, I reiterate:
You don’t understand the whole time skip thing do you? It’s like most X-men future shit. Horrible future that isn’t the actual future to show how certain characters could turn out horribly without actually doing it. That’s the thing. Plus it’s very possible it’s not our Earth. The event after this is called “multiversity”. It’s probably a fucked up other Earth
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No. YOU. Do not understand. I DON’T CARE whether it’s “our” Earth or not. First and foremost: is it a good story? Nope. One of the many reasons it’s not is because it’s writing EVERYone with the same, generic, jerkface smug, cynical asshole characterization, whether it makes sense as a story, whether it makes sense for these characters. Another is the dark future won’t be averted by the events in the story itself. Because we’ve already gotten further time-travel barred. So these could be hints of possible plans for the future of the new 52, or they could be glimpses into an alternate reality. But here’s the thing.
Why should we care, when none of the characters are interesting as jerkface, smug, cynical assholes? None of the situations these characters are stuck in, either as hints to future stories or glimpses of alternate worlds, are all that interesting, either. In the latest issue, we see that Grifter was paralyzed by King Faraday. Why should we care? Neither of these characters—IN THIS STORY—have shown us anything that would make us give a damn. In general, someone losing the ability to move around on their own is sad, but only in an abstract sense. Beyond general, “oh, no, that’s so sad” ness … why should we care? Cole Cash is a hard character to like, and this King Faraday is a terrible person.
That’s the same tune for EVERYONE involved with Future’s End. Either they were never easy to like, or their characterized in this story as a terrible person.
Who cares? Who cares what the stakes involved might be, here, when we don’t care if any of these characters succeed or fail? If the story can’t get me to care more than a general “oh, no, that’s too bad,” WHEN SOMEONE IS PARALYZED, there is something terrifically bad with this story.
And it’s indicative of something DC comics has been falling more and more and more into for the past exty years. Every major event in comics since too far back has been making the universe(s) these characters inhabit less and less escapist and more and more “gritty,” where gritty means unpleasant. And after living through comics in the late 80s, the 90s, and the 00s and early new-teens where more and more stories think “gritty realism” means “everything terrible, somebody do something” I have had. Enough!
I’m not accepting that comics have to be like this. Because they don’t.
So. Whenever I see this crap, I’m going to decry it as loudly as I can in the faint hope that somebody listens, and in the vain hope that that somebody is in a position to change things.